Critics call the program bribery. But the mayor says the idea of rewarding children for good grades goes on all the time in the suburbs.
Daley says life is very different for many less fortunate children in the city.
"That reward is really exciting for them. They've never, ever had anyone. They've never seen a 10 or 20 dollar bill. And so what this does, Arne knows what they're really trying to express to them is you're doing well," said Mayor Daley.
Daley made the remarks at an event highlighting the 'Principal for a Day Program.'